Aged Batavia Arrack - Indonesian Rum, By The Dutch

Type: Rum
ABV: 48.0%
Bottle Size: 75cl
About this Rum

Ths Batavia Arrack is a white Rum with Indonesian and Dutch heritage. This intriguing spirit is made from sugar-cane molasses, produced exclusively on the island of Java, Indonesia and its origins date back to the 17th century. It is formed by a very specific range of pot still distillates originating from the East Indies, and is known as 'Indonesian rum'. The fermentation process includes the addition of local fermented red rice; it is this which sets it apart from Rum, although the base material is still sugar cane.

It has acquired an elegance due to the time spent in barrels, and it boasts a fantastic range of rich and deep flavours which really linger on the palate. Tobacco and wood smoke mix into a perfect aromatic base which is ifted by fresh and vibrant flavours of bitter and sweet orange peel and spices. This has some real personality and is a must-try for rum fans!

The distillation of this Batavia Arrack is carried out using very traditional pot stills, adopting ancient Chinese distillers’ methods, followed by aging in oak barrels for up to 8 years. The production process is quite convoluted as the fermentation of the wash from molasses, water and local red rice takes place in Java, in Indonesia. It ferments in wooden vats and reaches 8% abv. This product is then distilled in very old fashioned pot stills until it reaches 30%, before a second distillation in pot stills until it reaches 60-65%. The Batavia Arrack is then shipped to Amsterdam, where it is blended according to a secret recipe, brought back to 48% abv and laid down in large oak casks and aged for 8 years.

Unlike rum and other white spirits, Arrack is rarely drunk neat in it's original form; it is more commonly used as an ingredient of punch and liqueurs or even as a flavouring in various types of food.